At least twice per semester the Center sponsors a full-day conference on various topics of Renaissance study. Most conferences are free, and all are open to the public.


Early America Conference

Early America Conference Saturday, November 21st  9 am - 4 pm The keynote address will be given by Alden Vaughan, Professor Emeritus in History of Columbia University, who will present"To See and Be Seen; American Indians at 18th Century Anglophone Theatres." Additional speakers include Abby Chandler (UMass Lowell), Neal Salisbury (Smith College), Else Hambleton (The Amherst Historical Society), Alice Nash (UMass Amherst).  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please pre-register by November 20th via email or at 413-577-3600. 

Conference schedule can be found here!


Graduate Student Conference
Graduate students from around the country (and the world) present papers on Renaissance Studies topics.
$10 Entrance Fee includes lunch and breakfast

Swordsmanship Conference
Papers and demonstrations on medieval and Renaissance swordsmanship.
Free; pre-registration requested

History of the Book Symposium
Papers and discussion on the study of books as physical objects and the history of different books and manuscripts.
Free; pre-registration required


These conferences vary from year to year. Samples of past conference topics include Shakespeare and Dance (Fall 2008); Suspected Shakespeares (Spring 2008), John Calvin (Fall 2009); Renaissance Art (Fall 2010); The Spanish Golden Age (Spring 2010), Renaissance Gardens (Spring 2011); Animals in the Renaissance (Fall 2011); The King James Bible (Spring 2012); and Early New England (Fall 2012)